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Comment Will we get simultaneous pairing? (Score 2) 84

I mean where I can pair a set of headphones to, say, a phone and a computer at the same time and get audio from both at the same time? Or send the audio from one device to multiple devices at the same time? Two headsets paired to one phone at once?

Is this a hardware restriction of the radios, a limitation of the BT protocol or just the retarded nature of the implementation?

Comment I find possibility overload harder to handle (Score 2) 59

I don't mind information overload, because I can quickly skim or toss aside anything I don't find valuable. Computers are pretty good at helping me refine a lot of information.

More troubling is possibility overload, that is the plethora of tools around that let us create amazing websites or apps or images... there are so many choices now that I often get caught in paralysis where I spend so much time trying to decide what tool to use I end up doing nothing.

Comment Re:The year after. (Score 1) 152

For example, I've been involved with sales to the IT groups at certain banks, and they have strict checklists where anything connected to or running on their systems must meet 100% of the hundreds of conditions or it's game over. Nothing with any sort of telemetry built in would be getting anywhere near those systems.

I'd guess they'd get told telemetry was optional but would be necessary for certain support functions or turn some automated functions (like software updates) into manual, downtime-required functions.

I've worked with a couple of banks before and it was always amazing how their procedures would turn a 30 minute maintenance task into 6 hours of downtime. We actually negotiated our way out of a project with a bank because they were so hard to work with and I think we even modified our estimating process for anything involving a bank to have double hour estimates for everything with special riders allowing us to quit if they proved too difficult. We just couldn't make money and work within their policies.

Comment Say what now?? (Score 1) 296

Because it disrupts the competitive market

How doe s factory " disrupt the competitive market" in a market where most factories are winding down or closing? Where much factory and construction labor sits idle?

increasing costs for every other party

Are you writing this out of a fifty year old textbook or something? Give a concrete example of people who's costs increase when an Apple assembly factory is built in the U.S. Are you saying you are worried iPhone or Mac purchasers are going to have to pay a bit more?

It disrupts the revenue of better managed companies that are not reliant on tax breaks

SLAP. Back to reality, this is a FACTORY. It's not building anything that "better managed companies" are selling because there is no U.S. competition for Apple at this point... are you worried abut the "better managed company" Samsung???

An Apple factory would mean no less in taxes being paid by other companies and would mean more government revenue from Apple, along with many, many more jobs (some permanent). You have to be eight shades of crazy to look at that and not be pleased.

Comment Tax breaks implies paying some taxes (Score 2) 296

Right now how much does the government get in taxes from a factory that does not exist?


After the factory is built, let's say the government gets just $1 a year in taxes from the factory. How is that not still better than today? And of course we know the company will be paying more that that...

If tax breaks mean the factory, and the jobs to build it, and the jobs to maintain it, and the jobs created by shipping material in and products out, gets built how is that not inherently better no matter what "tax breaks" are given?

Comment Re:The year after. (Score 1) 152

I think that's fantasy. Lots of high-end enterprise kit has phone-home so deeply embedded into it you basically couldn't use the product without it. Compellent actually has a feature called "Phone Home" that sends telemetry to support and support can remotely console into the system.

Everyone and their dog is scrutinizing Win10 telemetry and MS knows it. Any half-solid evidence they're grabbing proprietary data would be an instant multi-billion dollar class action suit.

Comment Re:Is malware like this proof of economic stagnati (Score 2) 186

I get that we'd always have people at the margin who have above average intelligence but otherwise to fit into a worker mold and wind up as criminals of varying levels of success. Usually, though, they seem to suffer from various other pathologies -- substance abuse, psychological defects, the kind of panoply of sociological misintegration that limits not only their legitimate success but their ability to make even life below the line very successful.

Maybe there's just a correlation between high levels of computer skills and these same sociological maladjustments, and the medium provides an outlet previously unavailable which offers reduced risk and greater rates of success.

Comment An Actual Comment About the Article (Score 1) 82

Since every other post seems to be eye-rollinging inept trolls or meta-commentary about gender along the full spectrums, I thought I'd actually pos about the content since I read most of the article before I saw it on Slashdot...

It's more interesting than you might think as the people polled are from different technical fields, so the answers are a lot more varied than you usually get in a predictive piece.

If you take a step back though what is really interesting is how much the whole thing together looks like the parable of the blind men and the elephant, each describing only the part they could feel.. The actual future we reach by 2027 will be a really odd mash of all the answers given, where a breakthrough in any number of fields could change the dominance of one answers probability over the others..

Personally I hold out for the dark horse of computational biology taking the forefront by 2027. Perhaps that ship at the end of System Shock 2 was... US!

Comment You have got to be joking (Score 2) 82

*virtue_signal*I don't mind these are all women, I think it's great.*virtue_signal*

However, how many times on Facebook now have I seen an image of "Tumps Economic Team" noting that it's all men and a few of them named Steve to boot? (Never mind that he has already appointed a few women for various roles, or that he won the election because of a team of women)

You seriously do not think MS would be roasted if in this ay and age they came out with a think piece like this, all from men?

Heck, you are doing that RIGHT NOW.

Comment Is malware like this proof of economic stagnation? (Score 5, Insightful) 186

First of all, Jesus H. Chist, I'm continually amazed at the lengths people will go and the sheer brainpower employed in malware and hacking generally. I've gotten to the point where I go to hang a towel over the mirror in the bathroom because I'm worried someone has hacked the mirror and then figure, fuck it, they probably also hacked the towel.

Secondly, is this level of malware sophistication evidence that there's economic stagnation?

I'm assuming this is software designed to create botnets or measly bank account info or whatnot and the author(s) make some money but not griping about the lack of space for their megayacht next season at Monaco kinds of money.

Is the fact that people do this kind of really clever shit for more or less ordinary income, is it proof that the economy is in some way broken? I would think that people this smart, in a functional economy, would be in real demand to do productive economy kinds of things.

Comment Why does it have to more than convenient? (Score 3, Interesting) 108

I always thought...Apple watch was a solution looking for a problem that doesn't exist.

You can make toast easily in a pan or an in an oven. A toaster then, is an answer to a problem that doesn't exist.

Why does everything have to be the only possible answer to a problem? The Apple Watch is not the ultimate answer to any one problem - but it is more convenient for a lot of things. It's been really handy for dismissing calls in meetings because I can quickly glance to see if I need to take it, and cover the watch if I want to dismiss it so my phone stays in my pocket. It means my phone is not left on tables as much and is less likely to be forgotten...

It also is handy around the house, I don't have to have my phone with me to see I've got a text message or receive a call. Would I use the watch normally for a phone call? No but in that one case, it's quite handy.

It also does make for a really great fitness device. After all it is fully programmable so you have custom apps for any purpose that you can quickly glance at. Again the phone would serve also but the watch is just much handier.

It also means that I am less tied to a particular form factor of phone. I like to run so if I were just using my phone for tracking I'd be inclined to get a smaller phone so I could strap it on my arm... but since I have the Apple Watch I have the larger size of phone than I might otherwise.

Now, if the device was truly stand alone, that's one thing

The airily named "series 2" includes GPS so you can indeed do some things (like record runs) without a phone. That is a natural evolution but for the moment I'm a lot happier with a watch that easily lasts a 16-20 hour day than I would be with a cell connection I almost never use.

Also of course, around the house all of the Apple Watches are connected via WiFi and so do not need the phone on your person...

Comment Re:How can you even argue with Netflix? (Score 1) 158

I don't think quality referred to *image* quality, but to the quality of the content. People are as prone to watch C-list, shot-on-DSLR crap as they are to watch the latest critic-lauded-based-on-a-Mann-Booker-winning-novel film.

Not a single person can't tell me after spending almost the comparable amount of swiping time 'looking' for a show that it takes to actually watch one, you just finally pick something and watch it.

This is totally spot-on. I can't tell you the number of times I've (finally) had about 2.5 hours of down time and felt like a little video distraction would be a good idea and then spent 20-odd minutes looking for a movie, finally settled on one that didn't look too awful, lost interest after 20 minutes, another 10 minutes finding a second choice, only then to be disappointed with what I was watching, not being able to finish it, or whatever.

Honestly, I would likely cancel my Netflix subscription if it didn't keep some $100 cable package at bay for the rest of my family (mostly my son).

My gut instinct is that the actual best (from a quality and avoiding decision paralysis) and cheapest way to watch video entertainment is a mix of rented content and used discs from Amazon. You still have decisions to make, but they're easier to make because you have more good choices and have to make fewer forced choices. And at least for me from a time perspective, I'm guessing over a six month period I'd spend less money on used discs and a handful of rentals than Netflix.

And even if I spent slightly more, I'd get more quality entertainment time out of it and waste less time.

Comment Broader problem with dishonesty (Score 3, Insightful) 112

IMHO, the problem isn't just fake news but a broader, and longer term problem of general dishonesty in society that's been going on for decades.

* Government dishonesty since at least Viet Nam and/or Nixon. Two examples where the government actively lied and/or stretched the truth, and there are many others. This has long been internalized by many people about the honesty of government.

* General misleading nature of advertisements. We're constantly bombarded with misleading messages about every day items and we've all had experience where the product doesn't align with its promises.

* Corporate dishonesty -- outright lying. Karen Silkwood, Thalidomide, Corvair, Pinto, corporations relentlessly covering up and lying about bad products, corporate misdeeds and so forth. And these are all very old examples just to demonstrate how it has been going on for decades.

* Employer dishonesty -- The relentless messaging from management about business goals and plans for employees. How often is it true or does it end up improving employee work lives? Almost never. Most people impulsively parse and disbelieve what management tells them because it's so often the opposite of what they're told.

* The near-legal practical status of scams and cons -- We're constantly assaulted by outright dishonest people. Spam email, "card services", "free cruises". Yes, it's illegal and few people believe it at face value but there's so little effort to stop it that it seems to be legitimized as a means of doing business.

* Ideological dishonesty -- across the political spectrum all ideological advocates both embrace untruths necessary to advance their cause and discount their critics when it seems patently obvious they're not being honest.

It's not just fake news -- belief in fake news is just a symptom of the relentless, never ending crisis of honesty in our culture. Lying and misleading is so ingrained in our culture that doubting is our first impulse. So why not buy into fake news and conspiracy? Lies and conspiracies have quite often been shown to be true, why should I have any faith that person/institution X is telling the truth and not lying to me and that the conspiracy is false?

Until the Internet, the news media was actually one of the last institutions to *mostly* tell the truth -- libel laws, the business nature of actually printing news, journalism as an actual profession with a sense of ethics and some mission to tell the truth -- mostly worked against fake news, which was (in the US anyway) generally marginalized into corners of celebrity gossip or supermarket tabloids. It just wasn't practical to create fake news when you needed a press run of a million copies on a regular basis and a distribution network.

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